The SopranosLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
TV has built a world where white males are the protagonists of the story, from CBS crime procedurals to antihero dramas
The fall of Les Moonves and the recent premiere of Lifetime's You -- which attempts to subvert the white male viewpoint -- have helped to hammer home the point that a lot of television has been told from the white male point of view. "Straight white men in America are taught that they are the protagonist of the story from birth. Their number includes me — I’ve always intuitively understood myself as the protagonist too," says Todd VanDerWerff. "And this mindset has only become more ingrained in the past 20 years. Under Moonves, CBS became America’s most powerful network, but also went from broadcasting shows like Murphy Brown and Designing Women to mostly being a place where women were corpses, whose murders were solved largely by steely, determined men, with occasional help from quippy female sidekicks." VanDerWerff adds that "over the past 20 years, no network has had a worse record of telling stories centered on characters who aren’t straight white men than CBS, a trend the network has only finally broken this fall. What does it say about a culture when by far its most popular television network is dominated by shows where women serve primarily as support systems, quirky comic relief, and victims?" Antihero shows like Mad Men, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Shield have also helped fuel the narrative that white males can take whatever they want. "The best antihero dramas of the early 2000s, like the best great films of the ’70s, were cautionary tales, deeply moral stories about how, in some ways, the men at the center of them stood in for an America — or at least a white male America — that couldn’t stop gobbling up everything it saw," says VanDerWerff. "The shows suggested, always, that even if their protagonists didn’t get their comeuppance onscreen, it was coming, unless they could change their ways. Only a handful of those protagonists, most notably Mad Men’s Don Draper, eventually came close to doing so. But even now, these shows leave open the question of just how we’re supposed to grapple with the idea that many viewers will always see them as instruction manuals, or as validation of dangerous ideals. What are the takeaways for an audience that doesn’t want to dig into the moral and ethical nuance of The Sopranos and just wants to see Tony whack more enemies, or that believes Skyler White is the true villain of Breaking Bad?"
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Check out collectors' items The Sopranos auction
Fans of the groundbreaking HBO drama are selling their Sopranos artifacts and memorabilia, including an 18-karat gold watch James Gandolfini gave to his fellow cast members.
Posted Wednesday 7/04/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Sopranos prequel movie finds its director
Alan Taylor, director of nine episodes of The Sopranos, will helm the The Many Saints of Newark, David Chase's prequel movie about young Tony Soprano and his crew. Taylor has also directed seven episodes of Game of Thrones, six episodes of Sex and the City and four episodes of Mad Men. His big-screen directing credits include Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Here are 10 TV episodes that deserve their inflated run times
From Master of None's 57-minute episode to The Sopranos' 72-minute episode.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died five years ago: His actor son pays tribute
Michael Gandolfini was celebrating his junior high graduation with his dad in Rome on June 19, 2013 when the elder Gandolfini died of a heart attack in a hotel room. "5 years without your hugs, your laugh, and you smile. I miss you, but today is not about me," Michael wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "As much as I hate that you’re gone, it in face was your time. And today I celebrate you and your life. I love you dad, miss you." Michael Gandolfini is now a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also has gotten into acting, playing a busboy on Ocean's Eight and appearing in at least three episodes of HBO's The Deuce.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
SNL ends the season with a Sopranos finale homage and numerous celebrity cameos
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Saturday Night Live's Season 43 finale was even more star-studded than the Stormy Daniels episode two weeks ago. It began with a cold open homage to The Sopranos' 2007 series finale, featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro reprising their roles as Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller. Then, in a monologue that addressed criticism that the show has become too dependent on celebrity cameos, Tina Fey interacted with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Fred Armisen, Anne Hathaway, Tracy Morgan and recent host Donald Glover, whom Fey hired to write for 30 Rock. Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Goodman also made cameos. So did Fey's husband Jeff Richmond, who appeared in a "Mean Girls" sketch, and who has worked with his wife as a composer on 30 Rock, SNL and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
- Watch Tina Fey give a 360-degree YouTube tour of the SNL studio
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- Watch Nicki Minaj perform with Fey in "Friendship Song" sketch that was cut for time
- Aidy Bryant portrayed the Oakland BBQ woman, who has become an internet meme
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Presenting the 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age
Source: The Washington Post
Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos rank No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 in closing out their respective series.
# TOPICS: Series Finales, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Halt and Catch Fire, The Leftovers, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, The Shield, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks: The Return, Lists
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Edie Falco says she tried to watch The Sopranos from the beginning, but "I couldn't do it"
"I just couldn't," she tells Uproxx of her attempt to watch the entirety of her HBO series with co-star Aida Turturro, who played Tony Soprano's sister Janice. "It was just too evocative," says Falco. "And of course, the fact that Jim (Gandolfini)'s gone was part of it, but also just we were such kids. And what it was like in the beginning, it was too much. It was too much. It was just too turbulent. I mean, fun and all that stuff, but it's... I don't know."
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
David Chase's 1960s-set prequel to The Sopranos is becoming a movie
New Line has purchased the rights to The Many Saints of Newark, set in the era of the Newark race riots of the 1960s, when blacks and Italians "were at each other's throats." Among the characters featured in the film are Tony Soprano's father and younger versions of his mom Livia and Uncle Junior. Chase will serve as co-writer and producer, and he'll help select the director.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
The Sopranos' Michael Imperioli has written his first novel
Source: The A.V. Club
Imperioli's literary debut, The Perfume Burned His Eyes, imagines a 16-year-old befriending Lou Reed.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 10:26AM EST
The Sopranos strip club has officially shut down
Source: New York Post
New Jersey’s Satin Dolls, which portrayed the “Bada Bing” strip club on the HBO series, was ordered to shut down over the weekend after being accused of hiding money from the state while allowing a reputed mob associate to run the place.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
The Sopranos’ Big Pussy actor joins Hawaii Five-0
Vincent Pastore will recur as Danny’s New Jersey “uncle,” a “Mr. Fix-It” named Vito.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
The Sopranos' strip club has been ordered to surrender its liquor license
Satin Dolls, which served as the Bada Bing! strip club on the HBO series, has been told that live entertainment must cease this month. “Illegal activity was glorified at the 'Bada Bing' in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey," Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said in a release announcing the order. "It's time to shut it down."
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
Halt and Catch Fire vs. The Sopranos vs. Six Feet Under
Which acclaimed TV series best handled their series finale? ALSO: Halt’s most radical message wasn’t about computers.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
In the “writer’s medium” of television, directors are slowly getting their due
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Sure, filmmakers like David Lynch and Martin Scorsese have tried their hand at television. But, says Tim Goodman, “the bigger movement has been the burgeoning creative reputations of a phalanx of outstanding TV directors who were making names for themselves previously on The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad and any number of outlets. They are a big part of the reason the medium has toned down its ‘the writer is god’ sensibilities. In the subsequent years, there's been no end to the beautiful incarnations we've seen across the board, but particularly on cable and streaming services. The number of outstanding directors — calling them ‘film’ or ‘TV’ directors seems like a ridiculous clarification these days — has increased exponentially.”